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Lake County Sheriff squad cars. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

Lake County Sheriff squad cars. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 17, 2013 7:50PM



Union contracts have been approved for Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies, correctional officers, dispatchers and their supervisors after nearly three years of bargaining.

“That’s the nature of negotiations now,” Sheriff Mark Curran said Tuesday.

Curran said the county had asked for random drug testing and a physical fitness clause, “but we lost that in mediation.”

“We would have had to offer too much,” he said, “that’s kind of unfortunate.” All the raises are part of an interest arbitration award and all contracts expire Nov. 30 of this year.

The sheriff’s deputies, represented by Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, will see retroactive raises of 1.5 percent for 2010, 2.5 percent for 2011 and 2.5 percent for 2012. As of Dec. 1, 2012, deputies make $28.44 per hour and after eight steps (or eight years) the top rate will be $39.79 per hour.

Holiday pay eligibility was changed from required to work before and after the holiday to working the actual holiday to be eligible for holiday pay. The three carry over days must be used by the following November and no carry over days may be paid out.

The Sergeants Division, represented by Teamsters Local Union No. 714, will have same the same percentage increases only as of Dec. 1, 2012 a sergeant received $43.89 and after five steps the top rate will be $48.43. The only other major change was shift bidding and is now based on time in rank, not time with the office. Lieutenants are represented by the same union and have the same percentage increase. As of Dec. 1, 2012, they make $50.85 and after five steps the top rate will be $56.14.

Correctional employees represented by Teamsters Union Local 700 will see a 2.5 percent increase for 2010, 2.5 percent for 2011 and 2.5 percent for 2012. As of Dec. 1, 2012, a correctional officer receives $23.50 and after 10 steps, $33.51. The 15 percent cap of insurance expenses was removed by the arbitrator and the shift bidding language was changed to say “if an employee does not make a choice, then their shift assignment is at the discretion of the employer.” Election Day and the day after Thanksgiving are floating holidays, not fixed.

Correctional sergeants are represented by the same union and they received zero for 2010, 2.5 percent in 2011 and 2 percent in 2012. As of Dec. 1, 2012, a sergeant correctional officer receives $40.69 and after five steps $43.84. The shift preference language was changed to make seniority the determining factor.

As of Dec. 1, 2012, radio dispatchers and utility workers make $23.14 and after eight steps $32.38. Supervisors will make $26.04 and after eight steps $36.43. Assistant supervisors make $24.59 and after eight years, $34.40.

The Lake County Board also approved Tuesday a contract for the Lake County Coroner’s Office, where employees are represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31 will see a 2.5 percent increase in 2010, 2.75 percent in 2012 and 3 percent in 2012.



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